A Valentine's Day Warm-Up This Saturday!

You may have heard me say this before, but some people have actually told me that max’s should be called the Valentine’s Day store given that we sell jewelry AND chocolate.  While I’m not crazy about the name, I have to admit that I do love it that we’re so well prepared to be your one-stop destination for your Valentine’s Day shopping — or the shopping that someone is hopefully going to be doing for you!  To get you in the mood for the big day, we’ve invited Allison Kaplan and Alexis Walsko, the fabulous ladies of The Shop Girls from MyTalk107.1, to join us on Saturday morning, February 9 for a live broadcast from the store.  And wouldn’t it be nice to enjoy some of that chocolate that you might be buying for others or a tasty beverage while you’re looking for the perfect piece of sparkle for your Valentine?  Uh huh, sure it would!  So on the same day as the live broadcast, we’re going to have a chocolate and wine pairing event between noon-4 with Amusee.  Amuesee’s owner and certified sommelier, Leslee Miller, will be on hand to pour and pair a number of international wines to with our artisanal chocolates.  You don’t want to miss this one….it’s time to warm up before Saturday night’s snowfall and, more importantly, for Valentine’s Day! It’s all taking place this Saturday, February 9.  Jewelry, chocolate, wine…..did I mention that Valentine’s Day is next week….????

Happy New Year!

Once again, I find myself asking the same questions I seem to be asking every year at this time–how in the world can the year be over already and how did it go by so quickly?  I certainly don’t know the answers to those questions, but what I do know is that I couldn’t possibly ask for better customers!  Your continued support and encouragement mean the world to me and I can’t thank you enough.  2012 was a great year for us as we introduced several new designers to Max’s collection of fabulous artists, hosted several designer trunk shows as well as a one of a kind show and our first-ever bridal event. Also new for us last year was a chocolate and wine pairing just in time for the holiday season (we thought that this was such a good idea, that we’re going to do it again in a few weeks before Valentine’s Day!)  We’ve already started to plan our event schedule for the new year (besides the chocolate and wine!), so stay tuned for details because I’m confident it’s going to be really great — and a lot of fun.  In the meantime, our semi-annual sale is underway, with savings on select items of at least 50% off of original prices, so you don’t want to miss this.  On behalf of everyone at Max’s, I wish you and your family a happy and healthy new year.  See you in ’13!

You Better Not Cry, Better Not Pout — The Anne Sportun Trunk Show is Coming to Town!

Drumroll please…..it’s time for our last designer event of the year!  Join us as we wrap up 2012 with the Anne Sportun jewelry trunk show from Thursday, December 20 through the end of the day Saturday, December 22.  One of your, our  customers, definite favorites, Anne’s inspiration comes from nature and it really shows in the simple elegance of her organic designs.  Earrings, necklaces, bracelets (these wrap bracelets double as a necklace!) and, of course, rings — and you thought your holiday shopping was finished! Anne has also really expanded her bridal line so maybe that’s the part of her collection that will be of interest to you.  This is typically our most popular event of the year, so I hope that you’ll stop by — Thursday from 10-7, Friday from I can’t promise it, but I’ve heard that Santa might even make a stop at the show!

It's a Double Birthday Celebration This Weekend with Vicente Agor!

We’re having a birthday party this weekend! Actually, we’re having 2 birthday parties!  Our friend and jewelry designer Vicente Agor returns to the Twin Cities to launch his brand new retro-inspired collection of black, white and bold colors on mother-of-pearl background.  We are celebrating with Vicente this weekend with a double-birthday party in honor of his 50th birthday and the 10th anniversary of his double organ transplant.  As always, a portion of the proceeds from the sale of Vicente’s jewelry will be donated to Life Source and to the University of Minnesota.  On Saturday, we’re going to really add to the festivities with a wine and chocolate pairing between noon and 4 with sommelier Leslee Miller of Amusee.

But wait, there’s more!  It’s going to be hopping at Excelsior & Grand as our friends down the street at Gourmet Oil & Vinegar are having a holiday open house with holiday entertaining appetizer ideas (and, by ideas, I mean samples!) and a visit from local food personality Sue Zelickson.  So, as you can tell, this is the place to be this weekend — for fun and for some great holiday gift shopping  It’s the Vicente Agor Trunk Show and Birthday Celebration on November 30-December 2 with a wine and chocolate pairing on Saturday the 1st, and a holiday open house at Gourmet Oil & Vinegar.  We hope you’ll stop by and join in the holiday cheer.

We're Getting Personal This Weekend With Jewelry By Cari!

Can you believe it?  It’s Thanksgiving and, besides the prerequisite stomach ache that often accompanies the holiday, it means that it’s “game on” when it comes to holiday shopping.  I have absolutely no patience and no tolerance for all of that “shop on Thanksgiving night, shop at midnight, door-buster, deal, deal, deal kind of stuff.  Nope, I won’t have it!  What I will have (besides that extra helping of stuffing) is a good time trying to create a fun time for our customers.  To kick off the holiday shopping season this year, we’ve asked one of our newest additions to the Max’s collection, Jewelry By Cari, to join us for a trunk show this Saturday, November 24 and Sunday, November 25.   This is a really fun line as you get to put the pieces together — charms, dog tags, pendants and gemstones — that best signifies your life. Cari’s husband Rory will be in the store to hand-stamp your important initials, names, dates and sayings while you wait. There are rings, earrings and bracelets too, and we think that this is a great way to give something really personal to those on your gift list. Of course it wouldn’t be a trunk show without lots of chocolate samples all around, and even though it’s 60 degrees today, it is supposed to be a bit cooler this weekend, so we’ll have a cup of hot chocolate (and I’m talking hot chocolate — NOT cocoa!) ready for you.

Don’t forget that Saturday is Small Business Saturday, and the nice people at American Express will give you a $25 dollar credit on your statement if you have registered your card and spend $25 in a registered small business.  You can’t beat that!

The Rings are Coming, The Rings are Coming; It's the Jamie Joseph Trunk Show!

We’re having a trunk show this weekend featuring the jewelry of Jamie Joseph and that means lots and lots of big, bold and beautiful stone rings.  Jamie is definitely a customer favorite here – as a matter of fact, I first heard about Jamie from one of our customers and you could say that we began to carry her jewelry due to customer demand.  Jamie’s jewelry had always been about the stones – she designs all of the rings, earrings, necklaces and bracelets and her husband is the lead stone cutter in her studio.  Working together, they convey their artistic vision by focusing on bringing light, shape and an organic feel to some of the most beautiful stones in the world.  Jamie’s collection will be in the store between Friday, November 9 and Monday, November 12 but, since no two stones are alike, that means that most of her  jewelry is one of a kind, so you might want to get here early!

p.s.  there will be earrings and necklaces too!

It's Going To Rain — Raining Color With Pamela Froman!

You know that song “It’s Raining Men”?  It’s happy, it’s fun — right?  Well, that’s the song that plays in my mind when I look at this picture — except that it’s ‘earrings’ and ‘color’ instead of ‘men’. I am so glad that our friend Pamela Froman is making a return visit to Max’s with all of her latest and greatest, including so many of these beautiful stone earrings. If big stones aren’t your thing (think “different strokes for different folks” — clearly, I’m into an old song mood today!),  there are so many things to love about Pamela’s collection. Some people are drawn to her work because of the heavy pounded texture on her gold that she calls “crushed” or the way she seamlessly blends multiple colors of gold – yellow, white, rose or green – into the same piece of jewelry. Whatever it is that catches your attention, one thing is certain – Pamela’s jewelry is unique and stunning. I hope that you’ll stop by to meet Pamela and see her collection  — the show is Friday, November 2 (11-7), Saturday, November 3(10-6) and Sunday, November 4 (noon-5).


We're Going to the Dogs!

I mean that in a great way! Just in time for Halloween, and thanks to the organizing chops of our neighbors at Bubbly Paws, the retailers here at Excelsior & Grand are hosting Woof ‘n Treat on Saturday, October 7 to benefit Homeward Bound Dog Rescue. There will be trick or treating for both 2 and 4 legged friends at the stores in the area with, of course, extra chocolate sampling happening here at Max’s, a dog costume contest, horse drawn hay rides, a photo booth, a jumpy castle and tattoos for the kids, a food truck, beer samples for the adults, a pumpkin patch and so much more.  The event is from noon – 3 and it’s going to be a really fun day for the entire family here at Max’s and at all of the participating businesses at Excelsior & Grand. A portion of the proceeds from our chocolate sales for the entire day will be donated to Homeward Bound.  Woof!

I'd Love To Have Your Vote!

Since we’re in election season, I thought I’d get in on the action!  I received great news earlier this week when the oh-so-nice-and-wonderful folks at Mpls. St. Paul Weddings magazine informed me that Max’s has been named as a Diamond Awards finalist by their national panel of judges in the category of outstanding wedding jewelry.  Thank you so much!  As one of the three finalists in this category, I’ve learned that we’re also in the running for the People’s Choice honors which will be chosen solely on the basis of online voting from the public. This is where I am humbly asking for your vote — only, of course, if you think we deserve it!  🙂  While I of course want Max’s to be named #1 for wedding jewelry in the Twin Cities by the national panel, getting the People’s Choice recognition from our customers and supporters will be the most meaningful to me; that’s why we’re here — for our customers. The thing about this that is most rewarding to me is that when I first conceived of Max’s and put the plan together, as well as when I began to buy for the store, the wedding market was never on my radar screen. It’s only because our customers began to respond to our “non traditional” jewelry for their big day, and ask for more, that we began to really focus on wedding jewelry. We love working with couples to help them find those unique rings and other adornments that are compatible with their own style and personality.  Don’t see it?  We also want to work with you and one of our many designers to create a one-of-a-kind piece.  We’re happy for you and the new life you’re about to start, and we think that buying your rings should be a happy, fun occasion and a hassle-free experience.  So, there won’t be any robo-calls, I don’t have any buttons or bumper stickers, and I certainly don’t have any TV ads (although I did approve this message!) I’d simply like to say that I’d love to have your vote.  By the way, you can vote everyday!


Erica Molinari is Coming to Max's!

A riddle:   What do an Olympic luge team member, cashmere knit designer and a jewelry designer have in common?

Give up?

The answer:  Erica Molinari is all 3!  After an 18-year career as a member of the U.S. luge team and as a competitor in the Winter Olympic games, Erica got into the business of design, wanting to create something for herself.  Her collection of gold and sterling silver double-sided charms, coupled with pearls that are embellished with small diamonds, are so much fun to go through to select the ones that best represent your personality for a custom charm necklace or bracelet.  Erica will be in the store for a trunk show between Thursday, October 11 and Saturday, October 13.  And as if jewelry isn’t enough, Erica is bringing her collection of cashmere knits to the store for the show – a collection of adorned hats, gloves and scarves – perfect for this time of year!  I hope that you’ll join us as we welcome Erica to Max’s for her first visit to the store with both her jewelry and cashmere collections – Thursday from 11-7, Friday from 10-7 and Saturday from 10-5.

Max's Proudly Welcomes Korloff to Our Collection!

One of the things that is the most fun and exciting for me is to work with our jewelry designers and to select what I want to carry in the store.  People often ask me how I decide, and I have to tell you that it’s not easy, because there are so many talented people in the world creating really beautiful and unique jewelry.  It’s exciting when I find something – or someone – new – something that I haven’t seen before and, I hope, something that you haven’t seen all over town, if it all.  One of the things that I found this summer at the jewelry shows was in a category that’s brand new for us – watches!  I haven’t wanted to carry watches at Max’s because I felt as though everything great out there was already well represented in town.  Then I saw what can only be described as the uber-cool, chic and – well – gorgeous timepieces from Korloff.  French designed and Swiss made, these watches are double-faced – one side is sporty and the other is more formal – and the straps are reversible too.  It’s different for us right?  When I saw these, I knew that this is the type of watch I want to wear.  I’m really excited about these and I hope that you’ll like them too – let us know!